Showbiz Sandbox 133: Oscars Celebrate The Past; Sundance Discovers The Future

This year’s Oscar nominations have finally been announced and they are full of surprises. Actors and actresses which seemed like shoe-ins for a nomination were completely overlooked. Films that nobody thought would be considered for Best Picture wound up in the list of nine nominated titles.

Meanwhile up in Park City, Utah this year’s Sundance Film Festival is underway. We’ll go over all the movies that have festival goers (and acquisitions executives) buzzing as well as fill you in on why indie films may finally reach wider audiences.

“American Idol” returned to the airwaves to lower ratings. Ryan Seacrest, the show’s host, may not care though since he took another step last week toward becoming the next Dick Clark by partnering with Mark Cuban and AEG on a new cable television network.

We also cover some of the week’s top entertainment headlines including Adele’s continued dominance of the music charts, the death of controversial anti-piracy legislation and the shuttering of Megaupload over copyright infringement.

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Oscar Nominations Led By “Hugo” and “The Artist”
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/oscar-nominations-led-by-the-artist-with-tk-and-hugo-with-tk

IndieWire’s Sundance Film Festival Coverage
http://www.indiewire.com/festival/sundance_film_festival

‘American Idol’: It’s Still Big, But It’s Not Quite The Ratings Monster It Was
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/01/23/145636852/american-idol-its-still-big-but-its-not-quite-the-ratings-monster-it-was

Mark Cuban, Ryan Seacrest, AEG, CAA Partner On Pop Culture Channel
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/01/mark-cuban-ryan-seacrest-aeg-caa-axs.html

Nanni Moretti To Preside Over the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes
http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/article/58800.html

Tablets Helping Publishers Sell Back Issues
http://www.adweek.com/news/press/tablets-helping-publishers-sell-back-issues-137387

ECW Press Experiments With Free E-Books For Print Customers
www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/50244-ecw-press-experiments-with-free-e-books-for-print-customers.html

Adele Joins “Titanic” In Her 16-Week Chart Reign
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/18/us-adele-chart-idUSTRE80H1ZB20120118

Apple Enters The Textbook Self Publishing Market
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/50255-apple-enters-the-textbook-self-publishing-market.html

The Week That Killed SOPA: A Timeline
http://mashable.com/2012/01/20/sopa-is-dead-timeline-january-blackout/

MPAA’s Chris Dodd & NATO’s John Fithian Face Sundance Wrath Over SOPA/PIPA
http://www.deadline.com/2012/01/mpaas-chris-dodd-natos-john-fithian-face-sundance-wrath-you-got-your-butt-kicked/

Was Megaupload Targeted Because Of Its Upcoming Megabox Digital Jukebox Service?
http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/24/was-megaupload-targeted-because-of-its-upcoming-megabox-digital-jukebox-service/